Since tonight's scrimmage was closed to the public, the only observations I can make are based off the stats and updates from Twitter.
First things first, it is worth noting that Kyle Flood gave Hayden Rettig the start.
Hayden Rettig starts with first-team offense for @RFootball. pic.twitter.com/EMlYxha2WC— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 23, 2015
Now on to the stats from both QBs, courtesy of NJ.com
Hayden Rettig: 10/17, 144 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT, 106 rating
Chris Laviano: 10/15, 123 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT, 138.38 rating
From the looks of it, Hayden Rettig had seemed to position himself to be named the starter. However, Laviano had a better stat line. BTN reported that Rettig started with the first-team offense and took the first snaps of the night. Dan Duggan reported that Laviano ran with the 1's against the second-team defense while Rettig ran with the 2's against the defensive starters for the majority of the scrimmage. If that is true, Rettig's stat line becomes a little more impressive given that he worked against tougher competition with lesser weapons.
Although both QBs were pretty level during the scrimmage, the talk around the program is that Rettig is expected to be named the starter. I am #TeamRettig -- but he needed to have a monster scrimmage to leave no doubt in Kyle Flood's mind.
Great 2-minute drive by Hayden Rettig to end scrimmage. QB play was about even— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) August 23, 2015
Not sure the @RFootball QB situation was cleared up tonight. Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig both had their moments.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 23, 2015
@RFootball CBs are a work in progress. The staff likes true frosh Blessuan Austin, a rangy cover man who is emerging. pic.twitter.com/ClMVfsW6LC— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 23, 2015
This tweet from BTN's Tom Dienhart pretty much sums up everything that I've thought and what everyone else has been seeing in camp.
Obviously not too much to work with given that it is a controlled scrimmage, but it is clear that the secondary is improved but not quite where it needs to be to be a top unit in the B1G.
Leonte Carroo was indeed held out of the scrimmage, but it is not injury-related, as reported by Dienhart.
Leonte Carroo is being "held out." Not hurt, I am told. Several other good WRs. I like 6-6 Carlton Agudosi. Patton and Grant nice targets.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 23, 2015
The injury report featured 18 players, including Darius Hamilton and Kemoko Turay. View the full report here.
Wide Receiver Depth
With Leonte Carro getting the night off, there was a huge stage for anyone and everyone to step up. Andre Patton and Janarion Grant made the most of their reps. I think that Patton has emerged as the player to start on the outside opposite Leonte Carroo. If Janarion Grant stays consistent with his hands, he could find himself as the starting slot receiver this year. Vance Matthews has also continued his strong camp as he hauled in a touchdown tonight.
Running Back Rotation
Justin Goodwin had a great night, carrying the ball 10 times for 70 yards. Devan Carter and Greg Jones got extended reps but neither was able to do much. If this was anything like the first scrimmage, the defense had a good idea where the running plays were going and the running backs didn't stand a chance. Neither Josh Hicks nor Robert Martin played tonight, but that should not be anything to worry about.
Flood said he expects RBs Josh Hicks and Robert Martin back for the opener.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 23, 2015
CLUB ICE ALERT!!!
Kyle Flood rewarded the players with Club Ice for the second straight year. This year, however, he stepped up the game.
Some have tried to imitate - nobody can duplicate!! #ClubIce Est. 2014! CHOP! pic.twitter.com/2lKXuD2F1F— Kyle Flood (@KyleFloodRU) August 23, 2015
The hottest -- the only -- ice bath club in town. pic.twitter.com/eJBhoA6T8g— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) August 23, 2015
Rutgers taking Club Ice to the next level this year pic.twitter.com/dY3S0qTnBv— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 23, 2015
It's baaaack #rfootball #chopnation #clubice pic.twitter.com/hYUcgyTihA— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) August 23, 2015
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/DjFrankieSteel">@DjFrankieSteel</a>! CHOP! <a href="http://t.co/ZOx2SdUOvt">pic.twitter.com/ZOx2SdUOvt</a></p>— Kyle Flood (@KyleFloodRU) <a href="https://twitter.com/KyleFloodRU/status/635285120073789440">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
- Kyle Federico had a great night: 3-3 FG (made: 24, 34, 45), 1-1 PAT
- Joey Roth averaged 41.5 yards on 4 punts, while Tim Gleeson averaged 39.5 yards on 2 punts
- Freshmen Willington Previlon and Marques Ford each notched a sack
@RFootball looks more like a Big Ten team since our last visit. This is a big, physical squad that knows its identity.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 23, 2015